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Glass ribbed bowl

Early Imperial
mid-1st century A.D.
Glass; blown, trailed, and tooled
H.: 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm) Diam.: 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Translucent cobalt blue; trail in opaque white.
Knocked-off, uneven rim; deep concave neck; narrow sloping shoulder; squat globular body curving in to flat bottom.
Thick trail wound spirally around bottom, then becoming finer as it continues up side, ending on edge of shoulder; sides tooled into twenty-four, unevenly-spaced, vertical ribs.
Intact; pinprick and some elongated bubbles; dulling, slight pitting, faint iridescence, and weathering of trail around side between ribs.

Ribbed bowls like these, often decorated with opaque white trails, were very popular throughout the Roman world and may be seen as successors to the cast ribbed bowls of the first century B.C. to the early first century A.D. A major center of production was probably located in Northern Italy or the province of Pannonia along the main route to the Danube frontier.
Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. pl. 37f, New York: W. E. Rudge.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2016. "Fragments of Time: Ancient Glass in the Department of Greek and Roman Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 51: n. 20 [p. 40].

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